Resident of Millbrae
Gordon Milton Binder, M.D. was born on Nov. 10, 1918, in Butte, Montana. His family moved to San Francisco in 1928. He attended local schools, graduating from Galileo High School, UC Berkeley, and UCSF. After receiving his MD in 1943, he was inducted into the US Army where he served as a Battalion Surgeon in the 9th Infantry Division of Omar Bradley's First Army. He landed at Normandy and treated the wounded on the front lines across northern Europe. He survived the Battle of the Bulge and crossed the Remagen Bridge under heavy enemy fire days before its collapse into the Rhine in March, 1945. He was awarded a bronze star and, in 2009, France's Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, for his service.
When stationed in San Antonio, Texas after V-E Day, he met his sister's former college roommate, Gladys Grant, and they were married five months later. They moved to the Bay Area and after completing a surgical residency at Peralta Hospital in Oakland, Gordon hung his shingle in Millbrae as a Physician and Surgeon in 1948. He practiced medicine there in partnership with Dr. Richard Aulwurm until 1980.
He and Gladys were charter members of Millbrae Baptist Church which was founded in 1951 and he continued as an active member for 62 years, serving at various times as Deacon and Chairman of the Building Committee.
Gordon was a talented piano player, an enthusiastic golfer, and a rabid duplicate contract bridge player. In his later years he spent many happy hours with his friends at the Bayshore Bridge Center. He was thrilled to recently attain the designation of "Silver Life Master."
He was predeceased by his wife, and his sisters, Audrey Binder, who died before he was born, and Lois Nichols and her husband, Roy. He is survived by his children: Brooks Binder, Elaine Obernesser (Bill), and Ross Binder (Marilyn); his grandchildren: Deborah Tisdale (Matthew), Michael Binder, and Grace Ann Binder; and a great grandson.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service celebrating Dr. Binder's life on Sat. May 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Millbrae Bible Church, 20 Magnolia Ave., Millbrae.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 7, 2013